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Hundreds of carnival marchers and two local MPs throw down challenge to mayor on library cuts

On Saturday 30 October, hundreds of carnival demonstrators marched from Crofton Park library to Lewisham town hall to protest against the closure of five Lewisham Libraries. The carnival was addressed by two local MPs – Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander and Lewisham Deptford MP Joan Ruddock.


Joan Ruddock addresses protestors

 With a majority of local MPs supporting the Save Libraries campaign, a 20,000-strong petition against library cuts and a unanimous vote by Lewisham councillors to save the libraries,  the ball is well and truly back in the mayor’s court.

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Demonstrators at town hall

Half-price ticket offer for Lewisham arts and music events

Lewisham Arts are offering half price tickets for key classical, contemporary and cross-over music events throughout early November. They include a production of Verdi’s Don Carlos on Sunday 7 November at the Broadway Theatre and Synthesis – an alternative Club Night at the Albany on Thursday 11 November.

To get your half-price tickets visit the following link.

Meatballs and Music – Trattoria Raffaele, 29th October

The wonderful Alex Carter, star of recent Sydenham hits such as BLITZ! and OOH LA LA! is accompanied by accordionist extraordinaire Serge Pachnine in Una Notte Italiana a celebration of  the Italian greats from Neapolitan to popular Italian songs.

£27.50 with a superb 4-course Italian meal. Starts at 7pm. Book your ticket now – they’re disappearing fast.

Pop into Raffaele, 29 Sydenham Road or phone the restaurant on 020 8778 6262

Billings recipe collection

We all love our new fish shop, Billings at 45 Sydenham Road, and we all love their fish recipes.

So here are all of Billings recipes gathered together in one collection for reference or printing.

Baked gilt-head bream

Mussels with wine and parsley

Red salmon Thai curry

Salmon and spinach with tartar cream

Sea bass with sizzled ginger, chilli and sping onions

Soy glazed tuna steaks

Spiced fish and mussel pie

Squid with mint, chilli, coriander and lime

Tomato and thyme cod

Forest Hill underpass – renovation at last?

Long-awaited improvements to the underpass at Forest Hill could now be within sight thanks to a decision of Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet on Wednesday 20 October.

The M&C agreed to provide up to £104,000 from money allocated to improve access to the East London Line stations in the Council’s capital programme to renovate the subway. Together with funds from Network Rail it looks at long last as if local residents may soon have a decent underpass to walk through on their way to and from Forest Hill Town Centre.

Let’s hope this long saga will soon come to an end.

Full details of the Mayor and Cabinet decision here

Trees, Spooks and Stories: a Halloween event for families – Sydenham Woods, 31st October

Join Southwark Conservation Projects Department for a  Tree Spooks and Stories – a Halloween event for families with children aged 5+ in Sydenham Woods.

Meet 2pm, Sunday  31st October at the Crescent Wood Road entrance to the woods (Crescent Wood Road is behind the Dulwich Woodhouse; the Crescent Wood entrance is at the opposite end of Crescent Wood Road to the pub.

Walk down into the heart of the wood where we will meet the Gypsy Queen of the Wood who will tell us some scary stories. Children will also get the opportunity to decorate masks to become tree spooks!

Medieval Christmas at the Dolphin – 5th December

Don’t miss the chance to celebrate a medieval Christmas with Sydenham Music at The Dolphin on Sunday 5th December starting at 7.30pm.

The evening combines a three-course dinner, Christmas carols and seasonal music from Joglaresa for £36. To hear more music from Joglaresa, a dynamic ensemble who combine intoxicating elements of medieval, middle eastern, flamenco and Celtic music visit

Tickets available from the Kirkdale Bookshop. Or you can print the booking  form below and return it by post with your cheque.

Medieval Christmas Booking Form